This is an entirely handcrafted necklace made from kiln-fired Egyptian faience beads. The techniques and artistry I use are precisely those found in the magnificent ancient Egyptian faience artwork created some 5,000 years ago. The sintered-quartz ceramic I create is made from exactly the same type of minerals the Egyptians drew from the sands of their deserts and the silts of the Nile.
The variegation of color within the verdant Wadj Green faience played against the translucent tones of the Luxor Pearl is a venerable and quite beautiful combination found in many ancient Egyptian wall paintings and artifacts. The amulet is in the design of the Egyptian goddess Sekhmet. This is a brass amulet with a gold-plated oxidized finish. This necklace is 16 inches long, falling between a choker and princess length. Please note the images shown are of one particular necklace, and are for display purposes only. The necklace you order will undoubtedly have slight variations of the variegated tones and shapes within the beads and amulet. The is the nature of Egyptian Faience and metal casting, and consequently part of it’s beauty and allure.
Sekhmet is one of the earliest, primal Egyptian deities. Her name comes from the Egyptian word “Sekhem” which means power or might; hence she was known to all Egyptians as “She who is Powerful”. Sekhmet is always depicted as a lion-headed woman, with a sun-disc atop her head. Usually embossed on the sun-disc is the Uraeus, or Egyptian Cobra. To her enemies, she could be a terrifying goddess; to her friends, a powerful, benevolent and forever loyal force as she could avert plague and cure disease.
The Ancient Egyptian “Ba” is a spiritual entity often depicted as a human-headed bird. It is essentially a part of one’s soul that can travel between the worlds of the living and the dead. In many aspects it is similar to our own western concept of the soul. However the ancient Egyptians held that the Ba was more of a spirit that evoked an “impression” or “effect”, even a “reputation” before others, of one’s true and primal nature. Hence, the Ba becomes much more than our own understanding of one’s soul, as it is also the impression one makes with her soul. Later, the Greeks would adopt the word “psyche” in place of the Egyptian Ba. The designs within this collection were created with the aspiration to imbue these pieces of this spirit.